50 Hottest Petite Women in Sports
As beautiful female athletes and WAGs continue to flood sexy magazine covers and be featured around sports, it has become clear that meager stature doesn't lead to defeat.
While women aren't normally known to be particularly tall, there aren't as many who rest below the 5'5" plateau anymore. Must be something in the water.
These petite women may be in short supply*, but they have proved that all the size of the fight in the dog is all that matters.
Smaller stature is often seen as having aphrodisiac qualities, with taller men sometimes having an affinity for the wider gap in size.
The heights are approximations from other sources.
Here are the 50 hottest petite women in the sports world.
*Ed. Note: Bad pun. Really bad pun.
50. Vanessa Bryant
Known as the woman who has caused plenty of drama during her tenure as a Laker wife, Bryant has an engaging sparkle to her.
Kobe Bryant sure found himself a gem, but he has yet to see her shine.
She lingers the stands with somber subtlety, easily hidden at more than a shade under 5'5".
49. Hayden Panettiere
Having dated heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko and formerly known as the youthful blonde girl who bothered coach Boone in Remember the Titans, Panettiere has quickly put herself on the map as an actress recently.
She may not be talented, but her attributes will surely keep her from starving.
Just another pretty face.
48. Adrienne Nicole Williams
He may not tower over his teammates in terms of talent, but Chris Bosh surely does over his classy wife.
Recently married, these two seem to compliment each other perfectly.
She gets to walk the streets with tenacious swagger and he gets to be the man for once.
47. Jennifer Barretta
This professional billiards player seems to know what she's doing.
A relaxing game from the start, pool's excitement picks up drastically when she competes.
It's her scintillating stare that intimidates opponents.
46. Nikki Alexander
Known as "Hoopz," Shaq's WAG has clearly learned how to dominate reality shows.
She won Flavor of Love and I Love Money. But now she faces a bigger reality.
Her 7'2" hubby will surely keep her climbing.
45. Bia and Branca Feres
These Brazilian synchronized swimmers are quite the tandem.
They were on the cover of Spanish-language magazine VIP after starting their swimming careers at the age of seven.
There is an honor in sharing slides.
44. Jamie Sale
This slender Canadian figure skater was a World Champion in 2001 and an Olympic Champion in 2002 with her partner, David Pelletier.
She may not tower over the ice, but she presents a lightweight option for her partner.
All good things come in small packages.
43. Alicia Sacramone
This American began her artistic gymnastic career at the tender age of eight.
What she didn't predict was that she would finish growing when she reached the height of an eight-year-old boy.
She has ten gymnastics world championship gold medals.
Sacramone clearly never let her doubters stand in her way.
42. Lauri Byrne
As a senior forward for the University of Houston in 2010, Byrne was selected to the 2010 NSCAA All-Region Second Team, 2010 All-Conference USA First Team and 2010 C-USA All-Tournament Team.
She also looked stellar doing it, with defenses unable to stop her.
41. Laura Cavender
We knew the Lingerie Football League was tough, but this is getting out of control.
Cavender uses her 5'4" frame and 110 pounds of fury to her advantage, perhaps deceiving opponents.
These games need to be contracted by the NFL immediately.
Or at least placed on a consistent basic cable schedule.
40. Sasha Cohen
This American figure skater may appear insignificant when compared to her resume, but Cohen has plenty of zeal to get the job done.
She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion and the 2006 United States Champion.
Her mysterious aura is complemented by her attraction to the camera.
39. Kelly Kelly
Working for WWE on its Raw brand, this professional wrestler and diva has made quite the career for herself.
A Divas champion in her rookie year, Kelly Kelly has also found a niche in modeling.
She has appeared in FHM Online and was once ranked No. 82 on Maxim's Hot 100.
38. Danica Patrick
This sexy driver doesn't need size to conquer her field.
Patrick, known as the face model for Go Daddy, is just as skilled on the track as she is off.
Her work in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and FHM has garnered consistent attention.
37. Jillian Barberie
Known as the weatherperson on Fox NFL Sunday, this Canadian actress and television hostess may lack size, but makes up for it in heart.
Her appearances on camera are always breathtaking and she fights for prevention against animal cruelty, not surprising considering her nine pets.
Her role in Clueless may define her career as an actress.
36. Brandyce Lee
The Lingerie Football League is never bereft of surprises and this is one girl who doesn't take long to find with her pads and helmet off.
She certainly knows how to attract the camera and build a fan base.
Clearly a star in the making.
35. Michelle Waterson
This part-Thai mixed martial artist is deservedly known as the "Karate Hottie."
Gaining fame during her time as a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed Fight Girls reality show, she uses her stout size to dominate opponents mentally.
In 11 professional matches, she is 8-3.
34. Gretchen Bleiler
There may be nothing sexier than a female halfpipe snowboarder.
Bleiler started the invert revolution for female riders, becoming the first to complete a Crippler 540 in competition, and won more competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006 than any other female snowboarder in history.
She towers over her competition.
33. Ashley Harkleroad
An American tennis player, Harkleroad has seen a roller-coaster career bring in plenty of dollar bills.
With career prize money of slightly over one million dollars, Harkleroad is a good example of properly advertising.
She may have reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 in 2003, but her nude poses for Playboy really opened up eyes.
32. Nicole Scherzinger
The lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls has no problem attracting attention.
With a sensual stage presence and an echoing voice, a calm smile is all Scherzinger needs to win the crowd over.
Her lyrics may need to be reviewed though.
31. Chanelle Hayes
Known for dating Middlesbrough football player Matthew Bates in 2009, this English model and singer is always fully of cheer.
She's appeared on the UK version of Big Brother and has modeled many times for Diva Corsets.
Hayes has naturally done lingerie work as well.
30. Penny Mathis
This Internet model has done work for the MMA apparel companies Take a Nap Fight Gear and Hitman Fight Gear, as well as win the hearts of fans.
Simply put, she loves the camera.
And we're thankful for that.
29. Katie Price
Her high-profile relationship with professional fighter Alex Reid in 2010 made it clear that stature is of no importance.
A Page Three girl and flourishing glamour model, Price is in the prime of her career.
The Price is right.
28. Ashley Massaro
This model and professional wrestler doesn't let height get in her way.
She first garnered attention as Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada.
Then Massaro won the Raw Diva Search in 2005 and was eventually a competitor on Survivor: China.
Her modeling makes it clear she doesn't mess around.
27. Kim Kardashian
The Armenian socialite is known for her affinity for ballers.
She dated Reggie Bush and Miles Austin, but refuses to search any longer after finding current fiance Kris Humphries.
However, her provocative video with Ray J tells us she is unafraid of a challenge.
26. Eva Longoria
Time cures most things, but it can never eliminate the disdain we have for Tony Parker after he lost this one.
This sexy desperate housewife continues to warm our hearts with her breathtaking acting performances and beautiful photo shoots.
Perhaps the latter would be enough.
25. Meagan Good
Known as a bruising runner with an inability to cut and elude, Jones got straight to the point in his love life.
Actress Meagan Good is quite the accomplishment for the current Kansas City Chief.
If they were to marry, Jones would be expected to take Good's last name.
He would be unable to pass up the opportunity.
24. Louise Redknapp
Married to English football player Jamie Redknapp, this English singer graces her country with subtle beauty.
She publishes Icon Magazine with her husband's teammate, Tim Sherwood, showing fans she doesn't need to model to be a star.
That doesn't mean the sexy magazines won't find her.
Louise was named the "Sexiest Woman of the Decade" by FHM In 2004.
23. Elena Reid
This American boxer can be seen as the female version of Manny Pacquiao.
While her nickname is "Baby Doll," Reid is no lightweight.
19-6 as a boxer and 4-1 as a mixed martial artist just about says everything.
22. Carrie Underwood
This country singer is known for getting NHL-husband Mike Fisher traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators to be closer to her.
While it's a preposterous insinuation, Underwood was "comically" blamed for her husband's departure by a local radio station in Ottawa.
Many remember her as the ex-WAG of Tony Romo. He loves those blondes.
21. Anna Benson
The wife of former No. 1 overall draft disappointment Kris Benson doesn't shy away from the camera or the news.
While her husband played for the New York Mets, Benson was quoted as saying she would sleep with every member of the team if her husband ever cheated.
He should have no problem with that.
20. Allison Baver
This American short-track speed skater has plenty to be proud of.
Her most notable achievement is being ranked third overall in the World Rankings from 2005 to 2006.
While she hasn't found modeling as her religion yet, it's only a matter of time.
19. Amanda Leatherman
This popular poker tournament hostess started as a reporter with PokeWire in 2006.
She then worked for PokerNews as an online tournament reporter.
Poker is starting to figure out the proper way to promote.
18. Alina Kabaeva
With 18 world championship medals and 25 European championship medals, Kabaeva is the most successful rhythmic gymnast in history. However, these accomplishments aren't what brought attention to this beauty.
She was alleged to have been engaged to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but she denied these claims.
Looks oddly similar to Mila Kunis.
17. Sylvie Van Der Vaart
16. Sophia Bush
Tony Romo may be unable to stay healthy at the quarterback position, but he is doing fine in his love life.
He dated the young actress in 2007, during the prime of her career.
That year, Bush was ranked No. 89 on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women and No. 24 on Maxim’s list.
15. Maria Sansone
As an eleven-year-old, Sansone was hired to host her own children's sports show, where she interviewed the likes of Michael Jordan, Bill Cowher and Tommy Lasorda.
She has been a contributor for EXTRA, ESPN and New England Sports Network (NESN) covering the Boston Red Sox.
She'll never be bereft of opportunities.
14. Alyssa Milano
Her list of accolades is long enough to eclipse her lack of dominance.
A somewhat successful acting career is met with Dodgers season tickets, a blog regarding the team and her own baseball clothing line, Touch.
But having been linked to Brad Penny, Carl Pavano, Barry Zito, Russell Martin and Tom Glavine gets her on this list.
13. Molly Qerim
A sports anchor and reporter for The CBS Sports Network, Qerim is known for her work with the MMA.
One of the first females in the MMA/UFC broadcast industry, this reporter has rarely missed out on an opportunity, having covered everything from the Super Bowl to the NBA All-Star Game.
Modeling seems to be imminent.
12. Amanda Pflugrad
The former Oregon Ducks cheerleader and current BCS correspondent for Fox has quite the camera presence.
Jeremiah Masoli had to have been more angry with the prospect of not seeing this beauty on the sidelines after he got suspended than he was with losing his spot on the team.
Doak Walker Award winner LaMichael James enjoyed her enough for both of them.
11. Heather Mitts
Currently a defender in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league, Mitts is often placed in the upper echelon of sexy female athletes.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of the United States women's national team, she has always been used to pressure, considering her years at the University of Florida.
Pressure from fans to pose more may also be in high demand.
10. Jessica Simpson
Known as "Yoko Romo" in the football world, Simpson moved on from her days as the beau of a Dallas quarterback and is set to marry former tight end Eric Johnson.
It's understandable that she found a new love quickly, but nobody believed she'd stay in the NFL limelight.
After playing college football at Yale University, Johnson got drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Currently a free agent, Johnson doesn't have to worry about Simpson ruining his career considering he has 2,178 receiving yards in five seasons.
She can relax now.
9. Laura Cover
Aaron Boone can be thanked for this one.
While he is known for his famous home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield that won the 2003 American League Championship Series for the Yankees, he should be celebrated for this impressive achievement.
She was Playboys Playmate of the Month in October 1998, and has appeared in a significant amount of Playboy videos.
Quite the catch.
8. Jenn Sterger
She may not tower over her peers on the sideline, but the Jets sideline host sure made a statement in Brett Favre's heart during his tenure in New York.
Sterger has done riveting shoots for Maxim and Playboy and is consistently appreciated by her large fan base, which starts back at Florida State.
No wonder Favre kept coming back. Just for another chance.
7. Olivia Boeree
While she displays quite unreadable expressions on her face on command, this poker player also knows how to excite viewers.
Having been featured in Maxim, this English model and presenter is clearly well rounded and eager to try new things.
Competing began to lose it's edge, so she became a contestant on "Ultimatepoker.com Showdown."
Poker has never been this exciting.
6. Cheryl Tweedy
This English pop artist may be known as the former wife of England footballer Ashley Cole, but Cole's got her own accomplishments and is quite the model citizen for dealing with her ex's high-charged and controversially disloyal lifestyle.
She can be called the Eva Longoria of soccer.
Disappointment is widely omnipresent.
5. Mercedes Terrell
This Bellator ring girl always causes jaws to drop.
Not only does she have arguably the most epic name in sports, Terrell is slick in front of the camera as well.
The car companies need to consider using her for advertisements. Wait, they already have.
4. Mirella Grisales
One of the many former conquests of Christian Ronaldo, Grisales graces pictures with her subtlety and dedication to perfection.
A Colombian spokesperson, Grisales is quite the beauty.
She clearly Ronaldo focused.
3. Minka Kelly
Derek Jeter's WAG continues to make her presence felt.
Known as Lyla Garrity from Friday Night Lights, this sexy actress has yet to conquer modeling.
It's only a matter of time.
2. Melissa Molinaro
With Reggie Bush currently trying to win back ex-beau Kim Kardashian, fans are shaking their heads in bewilderment.
His sexy girlfriend clearly isn't tickling his fancy considering he's been parading Kim with texts and voicemails.
However, this Canadian pop singer is quite the beauty herself.
It is no coincidence she looks oddly similar to Kim.
1. Adree Desanti
Known in the MMA world for her gracious covers and appearances in such issues as TapOut Magazine and MMA Sports Magazine, Desanti is quite the explorer.
She has also appeared in STUFF, Maxim, Esquire, KnockOut, Fashion Ledge and FIRE.
A natural beauty. Exotic.